A restraining order is an order issued by a court that can command you to:
If you have a gun or firearm, you must either sell it to a licensed gun dealer or turn it into the police. Firearms include:
You can tell your side of the story at the mandatory hearing. You can also explain yourself by filing an answer to the Temporary Restraining Order before the hearing. See an attorney to review your options.
The first order (the "temporary order") lasts until the hearing. At the hearing, a judge will decide whether to cancel or extend the order. If the judge decides to extend the order, it can last up to a period of years.
Restraining orders are valid even if you do not have a green card. The people that work at the courthouse do not work for INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services). See an attorney if you are concerned about deportation.
If there is a restraining order against you, you should see a lawyer. Because criminal charges may be involved, and because your rights and movements may be affected or restricted by the order, it would be beneficial for you to speak with a criminal attorney.
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